segunda-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2007

Happy New Year....

Time to address
a new year

… enter

deal with the project at hand
yet resolve not to dwell on past

never stop dreaming
even on the last exhale
and
find it in your heart
to forgive
then you will be forgiven in likeness
try
smile,
even when sad
this provokes the inner smile
to surface

take each day
as it’s dealt
and be thankful for the wealth
mother nature doles

now take a deeeeeeeeep
meditative breath
you’re alive … aren’t you?

Author Unknown

quinta-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2007

Paintings....



John Everett Millais
Christmas Eve 1887






John Everett Millais
‘Blow, blow, thou winter wind’ 1892

This....

This too will pass.

If you are feeling tired,lost,without hope
losing faith in your life remember that
This too will pass.

If you are feeling full of energy,full of hope
with all the faith in the world you must
remember that....yes...
This too will pass.

quinta-feira, 20 de dezembro de 2007

Native American Prayer....




Oh Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear me!
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things that you have made,
And my ears sharp to hear your voice.


Make me wise so that I may know the things
That you have taught your children
The lessons that you have hidden in every leaf and
rock.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers,
But to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,
so that when life fades as the faded sunset

My spirit will come to you without shame.

John Yellow Lark


The photograph in this post is from Fernando Dinis
and is shown here with the author's consent.

Prayer....




O' GREAT SPIRIT
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.

Cherokee Prayer


The photograph in this post is from Fernando Dinis
and is shown here with the author's consent.

terça-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2007

segunda-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2007

Doubts....

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare

Today....




Today....

Today i don’t feel like writing
I have no idea to write about
No motive to do so
Today i simply don’t feel like doing anything,

But I now see
I have realized that despite
Not being motivated to write
Despite having no subject to write about
I just did

I wrote about my absence of motive
About my lack of inspiration
About my decision to do nothing

I’ve realized that even when I say no to something
I’ve said yes to a lot of other possibilities
I’ve realized that when I chose not going in that direction
I’ve said yes to all the others
I’ve realized that when I don’t feel like doing nothing
I’ve made a choice
I did something

Seems like we are unable to stop choosing
I just hope I’ve made the right choices….

Lost_soul

The photograph in this post is from Fernando Dinis
and is shown here with the author's consent.

segunda-feira, 26 de novembro de 2007

Push the limits....if they are holding you back...push....

Memories of a old tree....

I am a tired old tree
Once small and fragile,
Now the same wind that gently
Touched my branches
Spreading the fragrance of my flowers
Far away, attracting all kind of insects
Puts my will to survive to a final test

But whenever I may fall
I know that even then I have some worth
Because I will be able to keep the cold away
On a winter night as my dry wood
Is set alight on the fireplace

But I have fond memories of my existence as a tree
As you should have of your life
Despite the end that is approaching I had a full existence

I saw too many sunrises as I did sunsets
Too many stars above me I saw
I haven’t count them all
You should try
And don’t be upset if you can’t count them all

They are there just for that reason to remind you
That something’s you can’t fully understand
Just accept their presence and guidance
As so many have done over the ages,

How I loved the laughter of children
Running around me without a care in the world
Pretending to be leaves hanging from my branches
Sometimes falling
But never resisting the urge to climb again
To experience something, to test themselves
Over and over again,

How I loved the birds chirping
Leaping from branch to branch
Making their nest in the security of my branches
Raising their young, teaching them to survive
In this increasingly dangerous world
Telling them to never but never give up
Despite the difficulties they might face
You should follow that same advice to the letter,

How I loved how fast the squirrels moved
Always alert always prepared to run to safety
Aware that the smallest noise could be the last
One they will ever hear,

How I loved the wise owl
That came every night to its favorite spot
Looking for food to feed its young and himself,
In that way keeping nature in balance,

How I loved the rain falling
Like tears from the gods above
Touching the earth with the sound
Of a thirsty soul searching for answers
Making the dust turn and twist
As if fairies were dancing,

How I loved the sun warming my leaves
After a cold night casting shadows where the tired rested,
Where lovers embraced and oaths of fidelity were spoken
Many in my bark their name wrote as if doing a tattoo

Years passed and some returned to stand beside
Those same letters and with smiles upon their faces
Fond memories recalled,
Others facing those carved letters now aged by time and the
Elements remember times long ago
Full of promises and weep
Facing the fact that life doesn’t always meet
Our expectations but is still worth living
Still worth fighting for,

This is my advice to you, the most important thing
You can do is keep resisting no matter the odds
Sometimes being stubborn is the correct thing to do
Do as I am doing facing the blowing wind and denying
To fall, I will fall but not now it will be on my own terms
When I fell ready.
And even then my presence will be felt….


Lost_soul

terça-feira, 20 de novembro de 2007

Sacred art....

I only had to be cut once to know how to bleed
I know why we tend to love most those who know
How to leave

Take my hand and let me tell you
All but my love will soon be gone
And the exit wound will be quick and clean
So the sacred art of leaving passes on.

Billy Franks

domingo, 18 de novembro de 2007

It's all we can do....

Are we blind?....Sometimes we just pretend to be....

Are we blind ?
Too busy to see ?
Too insensible to feel ?

So many human beings in need,
So many human beings with problems,
So many human beings with nothing to eat,
And US wasting so much,
Eating until feeling sick from it,
Eating more than we need.

So many human beings with nothing to wear,
Nothing to keep the cold wind from beating,
Beating, harsh against unprotected skin,
And US only preoccupied that despite
A full wardrobe we must buy a new piece,

Something that will match perfectly with
Another one, a piece that is the new trend,
A trend imposed on us, a piece that has
To be of a certain brand so that we may belong,
Belong to that small group, instead of belonging
To that great group that is Humanity.

Are we not able to see,
That despite their actual situation,
Those human beings were once like us,
That they had a similar life, similar to the one
We now have but by a twist of fate, a trick of destiny
Sometimes with a helping hand, all they once had
Now gone,
All they valued above all else
Now worthless,
All they desperately needed
Now just a vague memory.

Now they only need a helping hand
A second chance,
Sometimes something so simple as a word of comfort,
A few minutes to talk,
To be listened,
To be able to let go, to drop the weight on their shoulders,
To look someone in the eyes again,
Without the fear of doing just that
The opportunity to gain a little respect back.


And what do WE do?
Is simple we just ignore them
Afraid that their problems could
by a simple magic trick
Be given to us.


But what makes me feel angry,
Disgusted is the fact that if one of those
Less fortunate human beings appears on a TV show,
Only with the untold, but still transparent intention
Of boosting the programs ratings,
And with tears in the eyes
Tells the audience their life story,
The reason behind their present predicament

In a moment the phone rings,
On the other side help will be offered
The person calling
Depicted before all those watching
As a true humanitarian,

But let’s not be naïve and ignore the fact
That if the person who is calling faced
The now grateful guest in the street
He would do everything he could
To appear to be unable to see it.


Are we blind?
Too busy to see?
Too insensible to feel ?



Lost_soul

sexta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2007

Redemption....



The song is in Arabic. Chemda wrote it in Hebrew, and had a cousin of hers translate it to Arabic. The song is about when Chemda was going through a very rough period in her life and the person she's singing to stood by her side through it all. The "Smah li" of the chorus translates to "forgive me".

This is all according to Chemda, from the C1 website.

Posted on YouTube comments by cubdetroit

quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2007

Searching for an answer....





Sometimes words confuse your minds
Sometimes the tears of life try to hide
Leaving memories behind
You wanna live your life with no more fears

In these days of lies and lies
They don't let me free
That's the price

IF YOU WANNA FEEL
AND YOU'RE SEARCHING FOR AN ANSWER
IF YOU UNDERSTAND
HOW CAN YOU FADE THE PAST
IF YOU WANNA FEEL
AND YOU'RE SEARCHING FOR AN ANSWER
NOW YOU UNDERSTAND
THAT TIME ALL PAIN HEALS

Need time to clear out your mind
Still everything looks so
So confuse
Trying to scape from all mistakes
And run away from all
The scars deep inside

It is....

It is in silence where all sound is heard.
It is in stillness where all movement is felt.
It is by not looking that everything is seen.
It is in aloneness when we are accompanied by all that is.
It is in simplicity that all the complexities become clear.
It is from nothing that all things come.
It is by not walking any path that our destination is reached.
It is in Being that we are eternally reborn.
It is in looking at ourselves that the face of God is revealed.
It is through separation that we become whole.
It is in shadow that we become enlightened.

Tony Reis

Just sand....

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, Remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "Yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions--things that if everything else were lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Author Unknown

See....with your heart...with your soul....

The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.

And if that weren't enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, "Look what I found!"

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn - not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a small smile and then shifted away.

But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise,
"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too.
That's why I picked it; here, it's for you."

The weed before me was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors, orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need."

But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.
It was then that I noticed for the very first time
That weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver, tears shone like the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.
"You're welcome," he smiled, and then ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.

I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.
And for all of those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that's mine.

And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose
And smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

Author Unknown

quarta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2007

Pictures....

I draw a window
and a man sitting inside it.

I draw a bird in flight above the lintel.

That's my picture of thinking.

If I put a woman there instead
of the man, it's a picture of speaking.

If I draw a second bird
in the woman's lap, it’s ministering.

A third flying below her feet.
Now it's singing.

Or erase the birds
make ivy branching
around the woman's ankles, clinging
to her knees, and it becomes remembering.

You'll have to find your own
pictures, whoever you are,
whatever your need.

As for me, many small hands
issuing from a waterfall
means silence
mothered me.

The hours hung like fruit in night's tree
means when I close my eyes
and look inside me,

a thousand open eyes
span the moment of my waking.

Meanwhile, the clock
adding a grain to a grain
and not getting bigger,

subtracting a day from a day
and never having less, means the honey

lies awake all night
inside the honeycomb
wondering who its parents are.

And even my death isn't my death
unless it's the unfathomed brow
of a nameless face.

Even my name isn't my name
except the bees assemble

a table to grant a stranger
light and moment in a wilderness
of Who? Where?


by Li-Young Lee

Lágrimas ocultas....

Se me ponho a cismar em outras eras
Em que ri e cantei, em que era querida,
Parece-me que foi noutras esferas,
Parece-me que foi numa outra vida...

E a minha triste boca dolorida,
Que dantes tinha o rir das primaveras,
Esbate as linhas graves e severas
E cai num abandono de esquecida!

E fico, pensativa, olhando o vago...
Toma a brandura plácida dum lago
O meu rosto de monja de marfim...

E as lágrimas que choro, branca e calma,
Ninguém as vê brotar dentro da alma!
Ninguém as vê cair dentro de mim!


Florbela Espanca

Almas....

Não sei quantas almas tenho.
Cada momento mudei.
Continuamente me estranho.
Nunca me vi nem achei.
De tanto ser, só tenho alma.
Quem tem alma não tem calma.
Quem vê é só o que vê,
Quem sente não é quem é,

Atento ao que sou e vejo,
Torno-me eles e não eu.
Cada meu sonho ou desejo
É do que nasce e não meu.
Sou minha própria paisagem,
Assisto à minha passagem,
Diverso, móbil e só,
Não sei sentir-me onde estou.

Por isso, alheio, vou lendo
Como páginas, meu ser.
O que segue não prevendo,
O que passou a esquecer.
Noto à margem do que li
O que julguei que senti.
Releio e digo: Fui eu?
Deus sabe, porque o escreveu.

Fernando Pessoa

Pessoa....

Quando estou só reconheço
Se por momentos me esqueço
Que existo entre outros que são
Como eu sós, salvo que estão
Alheados desde o começo.

E se sinto quanto estou
Verdadeiramente só,
Sinto-me livre mas triste.
Vou livre para onde vou,
Mas onde vou nada existe.

Creio contudo que a vida
Devidamente entendida
É toda assim, toda assim.
Por isso passo por mim
Como por cousa esquecida.

Fernando Pessoa

segunda-feira, 5 de novembro de 2007

Yes.... English can be difficult....

We polish Polish furniture.

He could lead if he got the lead out.

A farm can produce produce.

The dump was so full, it had to refuse refuse.

The soldier decided to desert in the desert.

The present is a good time to present the present.

At the Army base, a bass was painted on a bass drum.

A dove dove into the bushes.

I didn’t object to the object.

The insurance for the invalid was invalid.

The bandage was wound around the wound.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

The two were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when does are present.

They sent a sewer down to stitch a tear in the sewer line.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of Novocain injections, my lips got number.

I shed a tear over a tear in my shirt.

I had to subject the subject to a number of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friends?

I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.


Author Unknown

It Couldn’t Be Done....

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.


Edgar Guest

Learning from Noah's Ark....

Don't miss the boat

Don't forget we're all in the same boat.

Plan ahead—it wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Stay fit-when you're 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big.

Don't listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.

For safety's sake travel in pairs.

Two heads are better than one.

Build your future on high ground.

Speed isn't always an advantage, after all, the, snails were on the, same ark with the cheetahs.

When you are stressed, float a while.

Remember the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals.

Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm outside.


Author Unknown

quarta-feira, 31 de outubro de 2007

Enya - It's In The Rain....

Let's Walk In The Rain....

She had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart.
She must have been 6 years old,
this beautiful red haired,freckle faced image
of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over
the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth
it has no time to flow down the spout.

We all stood there under the awning and just
inside the door of the Wal-Mart. We waited,
some patiently, others irritated because nature
messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall.
I get lost in the sound and sight of the heaven washing away
the dirt and dust of the world.


Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a
child come pouring in as a welcome reprieve
from the worries of my day.

Her voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance
we were all caught in.

"Mom, let's run through the rain," she said.

"What?" Mom asked.

"Let's run through the rain!" She repeated.

"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows
down a bit," Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and
repeated:

"Mom,let's run through the rain."

"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you
said this morning," the young girl said as she
tugged at her Mom's arm.

"This morning? When did I say we would run through the
rain and not get wet?"

"Don't you remember? When you were talking to
Daddy about his cancer, you said,
'If God can get us through this,
he can get us through anything!'"

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you
couldn't hear anything but the rain.
We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few
minutes.

Mom paused and thought for a moment about
what she would say. Now some would laugh it off
and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore
what was said.

But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life.
A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will
bloom into faith.

"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run
through the rain. If God let's us get wet,
well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling
and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes,
through the puddles. They held their shopping bags
over their heads just in case. They got soaked.

But they were followed by a few who screamed and
laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did.
I ran.
I got wet.
I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your
material possessions, they can take away
your money, and they can take away
your health.

But no one can ever take away your precious
memories...So, don't forget to make time
to take the opportunities to make memories every
day!

To everything there is a season and a time to
every purpose under heaven.


Author unknown

If the Earth Had a Soul....

If the earth had a soul
(I've heard that it does)
How would she feel
To know that I've walked her hills
Climbed her rocks
Clawed for finger holds
In narrow crevices
Would she mind that I stopped in forest
To listen to the wind
Crackle through red autumn leaves
Felt them crumble
Beneath the soles of my feet
Would she understand
The gratitude I cannot speak
For holding deep to her heart
The dustings of they once dear to me
Now crumbled beneath steps of time
While I await what seems the slow
approach
Of our glad reunion, but which,
I being but a drop
And my life a half-breath
Will find me one instant
A soul of flesh and blood
And the next
A whip of dust
Drifting above fields of grain
Forgotten that once I thought and felt
Laughed and cried
Yearned for joy everlasting
Before I died

If the earth had a soul
(I know that it does)
Would it care that once I lived
And loved
Said my say
Bowed a white head
And went my way



Craig Franklin

Plant A Tree Beside My Grave....

Plant a tree beside my grave
One to grow tall, and to give me shade

Let its root grow deep and wide
To pierce my tomb, and the dust inside

Send the rain to green the grass
That my tree may drink is all I ask

Souls are Gods, flesh goes to earth
With the spirit fled, dust has no worth

But webs of root compass me
I'm kin to life, symbiote to tree

Water runs the roots like veins
And their leaves stretch out to touch the rains

Dust will have no thought of toil
Saturating rain turns dust to soil

Life flows through, though doesn't stay
I hold it until I give it away



Craig Franklin

terça-feira, 30 de outubro de 2007

The Nymph of Loch Awe



by Frederick William Pomeroy 1856-1924

Hope




by George Frederic Watts 1817-1904

Lamment for Icarus




by Herbert James Draper 1864-1920

Lady of Shalott




by John William Waterhouse 1849-1917

Saint Eulalia 1885




John William Waterhouse 1849-1917

segunda-feira, 29 de outubro de 2007

Ebony Ark - Thorn of ice....





In silence
While my soul is empty again
I feel your thorn with hate and love
Your shadow embrace my mind
Even my tears are dried

Why, why I'm feeling lost and
Why I feel ashamed
I, I would like to die to live in a dream
I feel the freezing breath
The cold inside me hurt
Deep within and I cannot bear this fear

And I close my eyes
No healing hand for me
This thorn of ice
Still makes me cry
Take a look at my shattered heart
I'm feeling nothing but a silent cry

In silence
While my soul is empty again
I feel your thorn with hate and love
Your shadow embrace my mind
Even my tear are dried

Why, why I'm feeling lost and
Why I feel ashamed
I, I would like to die to live in a dream
I feel the freezing breath
The cold inside me hurt
Deep within and I cannot bear this fear

And I close my eyes
No healing hand for me
This thorn of ice
Still makes me cry
Take a look at my shattered heart
I'm feeling nothing but a silent cry

Gravedigger....Dave Matthews....



Cyrus Jones 1810 to 1913
Made his great granchildren believe
You could live to a hundred and three
A hundred and three is forever when you're just a little kid
So Cyrus Jones lived forever

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Muriel Stonewall
1903 to 1954
She lost both of her babies in the second great war
Now you should never have to watch
Your only children lowered in the ground
I mean you should never have to bury your own babies

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Ring around the rosey
Pocket full of posey
Ashes to ashes
We all fall down

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Little Mikey Carson 67 to 75
He rode his
Bike like the devil until the day he died
When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze
Ohhh, 1940 to 1992

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Feel the rain
I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Gravedigger

quinta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2007

Is your life worth saving....

A man risked his life by swimming through the treacherous riptide to save a youngster being swept out to sea.

After the child recovered from the harrowing experience, he said to the man, "Thank you for saving my life.

The man looked into the little boy's eyes and said, "That's okay, kid. Just make sure your life was worth saving."

by Author Unknown

What are you doing....

Three Bricklayers....
Each one of them was asked what they were doing.


The first man answered gruffly,
'I'm laying bricks.'

The second man replied,
'I'm putting up a wall.'

But the third man said enthusiastically and with pride,
'I'm building a cathedral.'"

Author Unknown

quarta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2007

Breathtaking....

This paintings are part of the work of Caroline Burraway that i saw in London they were part of the exhibition From Outside and are made in charcoal and oil....






segunda-feira, 15 de outubro de 2007

The road not taken....

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Take a chance....

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." - André Gide (1869-1951)

Come Not, When I am Dead....

Come not, when I am dead,
To drop thy foolish tears upon my grave,
To trample round my fallen head,
And vex the unhappy dust thou wouldst not save.
There let the wind sweep and the plover cry;
But thou, go by.

Child, if it were thine error or thy crime
I care no longer, being all unblest:
Wed whom thou wilt, but I am sick of Time,
And I desire to rest.
Pass on, weak heart, and leave me where I lie:
Go by, go by.

by Lord Alfred Tennyson
(1809-1892)

13 Ways to attack any problem....

1. Start with a positive outlook. The first thing you should do when faced with a difficult problem is to start with a positive outlook. Sometimes our first reaction is to fear the unknown. That’s pretty natural. However, I’ve realised over the years that it is the unknown that has given us, as individuals and as the human race, the curiosity to try new things and aim for the stars. Don’t fear the problem itself. Look at it as an opportunity.

2. Understand the problem well by asking questions. I distinctly remember my days in University where an entire classroom of would-be engineers have sat there having not understood an important point the lecturer had made two months ago. Yet nobody had asked a single question. Why is that? A lot of it has to do with the fear of looking stupid. Most of the time, I find people do have the same questions as I do, but for some reason are too afraid to ask them. Regardless, before you can solve a problem, you must first understand it. If there’s something you don’t understand, ask as many questions as you need to. There are no stupid questions, only those you do not yet have an answer for.

3. Approach the problem with an open mind. An old saying goes, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail”. What this means: The way you have done things in the past may not always work for all situations. In life, I find there are often many solutions to a given problem. Some are more effective than others. Some are more appropriate than others. When faced with a difficult problem, do not assume you know the answer at the start. Stop for a second and take the time to understand what the problem is truly about before applying a solution. Be open to all possibilities. Do not presume everything is a nail.

4. Look at the problem from the helicopter view. Sometimes the problem we are trying to solve isn’t the real problem at all. In order to solve a problem, we may need to take a helicopter view of the situation. From a different vantage point, we may discover that the problem we have focused on is in fact part of a bigger problem - one which would require a completely different solution. So, before attempting to put a solution in place, first seek out the “real” problem. Once you have understood the problem in its entirety and context, only then can you determine the best course of action.

5. Define the problem thoroughly. Take a minute or two to actually define the problem. In doing so, identify what the problem is about and what it isn’t about. When you understand the problem thoroughly, you may already know what tools you need to apply or what solutions to avoid because they are not appropriate. Sometimes, when given a problem, we can naturally assume it is something it is not and so can implement the wrong solution. It is often more effective to ensure you understand the problem, its symptoms and causes before proceeding. Ask what, where, why, how and whom. Write the problem down, draw diagrams, create plans etc.

6. Dissect the problem into bite sized chunks. Would you eat a whole apple in one mouthful? Probably not. In a similar fashion, some problems are simply too big to chew all at once. A useful technique for solving complex problems is drilling-down into the detail and continuing until each puzzle piece becomes manageable. Once you have a set of manageable pieces, solve each individually. When a given problem is broken into bite sized chunks, sometimes it is easier to see the patterns, tools to apply and the actions that need to take place.

7. Think through the issues logically. Simple problems don’t often require a plan of attack. However, given a complex problem or one which involves an extended time frame, having an actionable plan identifying what needs to be done is crucial. The plan is a good reminder for yourself of what and when things need happen as well as a communication tool for all the people involved. Creating a plan requires that you think through all the issues logically and identify all the relevant issues and constrains.

8. Look for similarities with other problems. Whenever you are faced with a problem, ask yourself whether this problem shares the same characteristics as something else you may have solved. Often, problems mask themselves within their context but the root issue is the same. If you find you have a problem which shares the same characteristics as something else, you may be able to leverage the solution you have applied to that other problem. I find this is most useful in conjunction with the previous tip. When a problem is broken down into its constituent parts, you’ll find some of these parts occur frequently in other places.

9. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes. Problem solving and making mistakes often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes in order to find the best solution to a given problem, we have to go through a hundred bad solutions first. The most important thing here is to remember that mistakes are ok. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get frustrated. Use the mistakes as stepping stones to get to the desired solution. If you have gone through a hundred options to no avail, you have found a hundred ways not to do something rather than one hundred failures.

10. Don’t let your emotions get in the way. Emotions or stress can sometimes affect our thinking and judgement. Do not let these cloud your mind. In most cases, problems are best dealt with logically. Try adopting a rational mindset and let your mind govern your actions. Go through in your mind what the problem is, then identify the steps which are required to resolve the situation before taking action. If you find you are too emotionally charged, pause for a moment and let yourself calm down first.

11. Focus on the end state. Problem solving is about getting from one state to another state. This is known as traversing the solution path. Sometimes getting from the start state to the end state is not as immediately obvious as seeing how the end state can come from the start state. In many ways, this is like navigating using a map - we can either trace a path from where we are to where we want to go or we can start from the destination and work backwards. In many cases, I find it is useful to focus on the end state and then plan backwards until I get to familiar territory.

12. Take notes and record your progress. When a problem is open ended and you’re working in uncharted space, be vigilant with your note taking and record your progress. You may find months later an off handed note you made can be the breakthrough you are looking for. It may not be immediately obvious at the time, so record your progress and ensure you can trace back to the things you have tried and what the results were.

13. Check your answers and challenge your assumptions. As you progress, be mindful of the answers you have obtained and assumptions you have made. Ensure they are logically consistent and “makes sense”. Mistakes do happen, so check, recheck and then check again. You do not want to build your solution upon incorrect answers and assumptions. When you are satisfied with your solution, don’t forget to test it under various conditions, not just the most likely scenario, but also the edge cases. Only with rigorous testing can you be sure your solution meets the initial requirements.

quarta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2007

Sometimes we know....we just know....

My mother had been in a deep sleep for three days, taking in no food at all, and a minimum of forced liquid. A "Do Not Resuscitate" sign hung over her bed. Every time I looked at the sign, I shuddered. The finality of the words chilled me, even though the heat in her bedroom was way too high.

She was 88 years old and had reached the end of a long illness. She was still in her own apartment, but I had arranged for round-the-clock nursing care for her; I did not leave her side during those three days.

On the fourth morning, a Sunday, I called my husband and asked him to pick me up and drive me home (some forty minutes from my mother's apartment) so that I could get clean clothes. I had been wearing the same pair of jeans and blouse for four days, having had no idea when I arrived that the end was so near.

As we drove home that Sunday, my husband and I decided that before we went back to my mother's apartment, we would stop at the funeral home to make arrangements. The doctor had said that she would not last more than a few days at most, and the previous evening, the visiting nurse agreed with his prognosis. We felt it would be better to make the funeral arrangements while we were still relatively calm, rather than after the emotional trauma of death had set in.

I also wanted to stop at the grocery store so there would be some food in the refrigerator for the nurses and myself.

Once at my house, I quickly showered and dressed, then threw a few clothes into a shopping bag. We got back into the car. Suddenly, I told my husband that I had changed my mind about stopping off at the funeral home. And I did not want to take time to buy groceries, either. Something inside me told me that we had to get back to my mother in a hurry-before it was too late.

I rang the bell in the lobby and the daytime nurse, Callie, buzzed me in. After the elevator ride up to the 22nd floor, I saw Callie at the end of the hall, a look of amazement on her face. "It's some kind of miracle!" she exclaimed. "Your mother's eyes are open!"

Hurrying into my mother's bedroom, I was shocked to see that her eyes were open. She was propped up in the rented hospital bed, staring straight ahead. At first, I thought she was dead, and my heart started racing. But then she shifted her gaze and looked straight at me. She had a puzzled, questioning look on her face, as if to ask, "Where am I?" Or, perhaps, "Where am I going?" Then a grimace passed over her face-a grimace that I have replayed in my mind over and over again. Was it a grimace of physical pain? Of fear? Of sadness? I think by then, she felt no more pain, so it must have been a combination of fear and sadness-deep sadness at leaving, and fear of the unknown. She needed the comfort of being in my arms when she began her journey.

I held her frail body gently, and spoke to her softly, telling her how much I loved her. And then I could feel, and see, that she was gone.

I asked Callie how long my mother's eyes had been open before I arrived.

"Only a few minutes," she said. "When I heard you ring the bell downstairs, I said to your mother, 'There's your daughter. Now you just hold on there. Don't you die before she gets here.' And she did hold on. She waited for you."

Thinking about the fact that something told me not to stop for anything on the way back to my mother's apartment, but to hurry as fast as I could; thinking about the fact that my mother opened her eyes when I rang the bell, and kept them open until I got there, so that I was able to say goodbye to her, I suspect that Callie was right. It was some kind of miracle. It was the Hand of Fate.

By Arlene Uslander,
from the book, The Simple Touch Of Fate

I Wanted To Change The World....

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world."

Unknown Monk

Foo Fighters - The Pretender (Official Video)

Keep you in the dark
You know they all pretend
Keep you in the dark
And so it all began

Send in your skeletons
Sing as their bones go marching in... again
The need you buried deep
The secrets that you keep are at the ready
Are you ready?
I'm finished making sense
Done pleading ignorance
That whole defense

Spinning infinity, boy
The wheel is spinning me
It's never-ending, never-ending
Same old story

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

In time our soul untold
I'm just another soul for sale... oh, well
The page is out of print
We are not permanent
We're temporary, temporary
Same old story

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

I'm the voice inside your head
You refuse to hear
I'm the face that you have to face
Mirrored in your stare
I'm what's left, I'm what's right
I'm the enemy
I'm the hand that will take you down
Bring you to your knees

So who are you?
Yeah, who are you?
Yeah, who are you?
Yeah, who are you?

Keep you in the dark
You know they all pretend

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?
(Keep you in the dark)
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
(You know they all... pretend)
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

What if I say I'm not like the others?
(Keep you in the dark)
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
(You know they all... pretend)
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

So who are you?
Yeah, who are you?
Yeah, who are you?

segunda-feira, 1 de outubro de 2007

Still....

In relation to my last post i just have to say that....
I'm still learning....
It's a wonderfull experience....
Something new every day....i just have to keep an open mind....
And heart.


Lost_soul

I have learned....

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.

I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do but to the best you can do.

I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.

I've learned that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.

I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

I've learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.

I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.

I've learned that the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us.

I've learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.

I've learned that although the word "love" can have many different meaning, it loses value when overly used.

I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.


Author unknown....

You are Unique....

Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!
No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No, one's hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one's finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don't sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you - NO ONE!

No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren't meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone's mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU ARE UNIQUE!


Author unknown

Heavy stone....

A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone.
His father came along just then. Noting the boy's failure,
he asked, "are you using all your strength?"
"Yes, I am," the little boy said impatiently.
"No, you are not." The father answered. "I am right here
just waiting, and you haven't asked me to help you."


Author unknown

Wise woman....

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."


Author unknown

To be your best self....

The good you find in others, is in you too.
The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.
After all, to recognize something you must know it.
The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well.
The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.
The world around you is a reflection,
a mirror showing you the person you are.
To change your world, you must change yourself.
To blame and complain will only make matters worse.
Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.
What you see in others, shows you yourself.
See the best in others, and you will be your best.
Give to others, and you give to yourself.
Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.
Admire creativity, and you will be creative.
Love, and you will be loved.
Seek to understand, and you will be understood.
Listen, and your voice will be heard.
Teach, and you will learn.
Show your best face to the mirror, and
you'll be happy with the face looking back at you.


Author Unknown

Rules of life....

Rule One - You will receive a body. Whether you love it or hate it, it's yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what's inside.

Rule Two - You will be presented with lessons. Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons specific to you, and learning them 'is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life'.

Rule Three - There are no mistakes, only lessons. Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so it's inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you'd want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement - of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine - it's also 'the act of erasing an emotional debt'. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humour - especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps - are central to the perspective that 'mistakes' are simply lessons we must learn.

Rule Four - The lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons repeat until learned. What manifest as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons - they will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. Also fundamental is the acceptance that you are not a victim of fate or circumstance - 'causality' must be acknowledged; that is to say: things happen to you because of how you are and what you do. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you. Patience is required - change doesn't happen overnight, so give change time to happen.

Rule Five - Learning does not end. While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the 'rhythm of life', don't struggle against it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change - be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to, because rigidity will deny you the freedom of new possibilities.

Rule Six - "There" is no better than "here". The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what's good in your life, rather than measure and amass things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.

Rule Seven - Others are only mirrors of you. You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings. Negative experiences are opportunities to heal the wounds that you carry. Support others, and by doing so you support yourself. Where you are unable to support others it is a sign that you are not adequately attending to your own needs.

Rule Eight - What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don't get angry about things - bitter memories clutter your mind. Courage resides in all of us - use it when you need to do what's right for you. We all possess a strong natural power and adventurous spirit, which you should draw on to embrace what lies ahead.

Rule Nine - Your answers lie inside of you. Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration. Listen to feelings as well as sounds. Look, listen, and trust. Draw on your natural inspiration.

Rule Ten - You will forget all this at birth. We are all born with all of these capabilities - our early experiences lead us into a physical world, away from our spiritual selves, so that we become doubtful, cynical and lacking belief and confidence. The ten Rules are not commandments, they are universal truths that apply to us all. When you lose your way, call upon them. Have faith in the strength of your spirit. Aspire to be wise - wisdom the ultimate path of your life, and it knows no limits other than those you impose on yourself.


cherie carter-scott's

sexta-feira, 28 de setembro de 2007

London III....

Went to National portrait gallery....great paintings
Click on the post title to go on a virtual tour....

London....


Yesterday i went on a ride in London Eye....great view.

The picture is not mine but i have some....

Will to live II....


The size of a mobile phone: Kimberley Mueller weighed just over 10 ounces when she was born in Hanover, Germany - making her the world's smallest surviving baby

Will to live....

She was just eight inches long and her chances of survival were 1,000 to one against.

Yet tiny Kimberley Mueller clung defiantly to life - despite being born 15 weeks prematurely and weighing a mere 10 ounces.

No doctor in the world would have expected her to pull through.

But six months after this amazing first picture, Kimberley has been declared healthy enough to go home.

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She spent months in an incubator being drip-fed while a machine helped her breathe.

Cuddling her baby at home, mum Petra, 38, said: "I was allowed to stroke her with my finger. I always spoke to her. It was so nice when she gripped my finger in her tiny hands."

Kimberley had laser surgery to save her sight three months after her birth, in Hanover, Germany.

Chidbirth experts are hailing her survival as a miracle.

Great Ormond Street consultant Dr Arvind Shah said: "This is remarkable. She must be a little fighter."

Smallest surviving baby is thought to be Rumaisa Rahman, born at 8.6oz in Chicago in 2004. In the UK 800 a year arrive at under 25 weeks


Source...Daily Mirror

quinta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2007

Destiny....

During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt.

On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If it is tails we shall lose."

"Destiny will now reveal itself."

He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious.

After the battle. a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change destiny."

"Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.


Author Unknown, Source Unknown

Challenged....

Some say I am disabled,
But you know that isn't true.
I simply have a challenge
A little different from you.

My slight inconvenience, has taught me
Things they could not know.
Each obstacle is a victory,
Enabling me to grow.

I'm not really any different,
I cry, I laugh, I snore.
I don't want to be treated
As if I'm not a person anymore.

Out of good intentions,
People are afraid to let me try.
But sometimes I have to fall,
And sometimes I need to cry.

God gives me strength and dignity,
And the courage to be all I can be.
For He doesn't see me as disabled,
He just sees me as me.


by: Leslie W. Ortega, Source Unknown

Why Aren't I....

I asked why I wasn't rich.

And I saw a man with the wealth of a thousand kings, who was lonely, and had no one to share it with.

I asked why I wasn't beautiful

And I saw a woman more beautiful than any other, who was ugly because of her vanity.

I asked why I have to become old.

And I saw a boy of 16, who lay dead at the scene of a car accident.

I asked why I didn't have a bigger house.

And I saw a family of six, who'd just been evicted from their tiny shack, and were forced to live on the street.

I asked why I had to work.

And I saw a man who couldn't find a decent job, because he'd never learned to read.

I asked why I wasn't more popular.

And I saw a socialite with a thousand friends, who all left the moment the money and parties were no longer there.

I asked why I wasn't smarter.

And I saw a natural born genius, who was serving life in prison for making ill use of his knowledge.



What's eating you today? Are your problems weighing heavy on your heart? Do learn to look on the bright side, to be content with what you have, to spare a thought for the less fortunate, and to realize how privileged you really are.

Remember, a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Just reach out and touch someone's life and brighten up his or her day.


Author unknown

London....

On 25 of September i caught a plane to London where i will be staying until 9 of October.
The trip is going well except for a minor problem with the plane because we had to be diverted to Barajas airport in Madrid because there was a bit of smoke coming from the toilet in front of the plane and the crew thought better for security reasons to divert so i was forced to be in Madrid for more than 3 hours until another
plane came from Luton,so instead of arriving at Luton at 17:00 local time i arrived
at 23:30 more or less and could not make my way to Turnpike Lane where i am saying,and had to look for a hotel for the night wich took a bit of a search because i had to search 5 until i finnally got a room for the night wich goes without saying that they "robbed" me blind but at 01:20 in the evening i gladly opened the wallet for them to pick my pocket but all "bad" things have a good face instead of a single room i now have a triple room with a fridge a tv so it is alrihgt.


No dia 25 de Setembro apanhei um aviao para Londres onde vou ficar ate 9 de Outubro.
A viagem esta a correr bem excepto por um pequeno problema com o aviao o qual foi desviado da rota por motivos de seguranca devido ao cheiro a fumo que emanava da casa de banho da frente,aterramos entao no aeroorto de de Barajas Madrid onde estive a espera que outro aviao chegasse de Luton devido a esse pequeno precalco cheguei a Luton eram perto das 23:30 e nao pude ir para Turnpike Lane onde estou hospedado o que me levou a procurar um hotel na zona para passar a noite o que nao foi facil apenas no quinto havia vaga escusado sera dizer que me meteram a mao no bolso mas as 01:20 da madrugada fui eu proprio que abri o bolso...mas nem tudo foi mau em vez de ter ficado com um quarto simples agora estou num triplo com frigorifico e tv como veem nem tudo corre mal....


Lost_soul

segunda-feira, 24 de setembro de 2007

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow....

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday
And today was such a lovely day,
that I wondered why I worried about today yesterday
So today I am not going to worry about tomorrow
There may not be a tomorrow anyway
So today I am going to live as if there is no tomorrow
And I am going to forget about yesterday.

Today is the tomorrow I planned for yesterday
And nearly all my plans for today did not plan out the way I thought they would yesterday
So today I am forgetting about tomorrow and I will plan for today
But not too strenuously
Today I will stop to smell a rose
I will tell a loved one how much I love her
I will stop planning for tomorrow and plan to make today the best day of my life.

Today is the tomorrow I was afraid of yesterday
And today was nothing to be afraid of
So today I will banish fear of the unknown
I will embrace the unknown as a learning experience full of exciting opportunities
Today, unlike yesterday I will not fear tomorrow.

Today is the tomorrow I dreamed about yesterday
And some of the dreams I dreamt about yesterday came true today
So today I am going to continue dreaming about tomorrow
And perhaps more of the dreams I dream today will come true tomorrow.

Today is the tomorrow I set goals for yesterday
And I reached some of those goals today
So today I am going to set slightly higher goals for today and tomorrow
And if tomorrow turns out to be like today
I will certainly reach all of my goals one day!


Author Unknown

Anyway....

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.


Mother Teresa

Don't Ever....

Don't ever be reluctant to show your feelings when you're happy, give in to it.
When you're not, live with it.

Don't ever be afraid to try to make things better you might be surprised at the results.

Don't ever take the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Don't ever feel threatened by the future take life one day at a time.

Don't ever feel guilty about the past what's done is done. Learn from any mistakes you might have made.

Don't ever feel that you are alone there is always somebody there for you to reach out to.

Don't ever forget that you can achieve so many of the things you can imagine.
It's not as hard as it seems.

Don't ever stop loving don't ever stop believing, don't ever stop dreaming your dreams.


Laine Parsons

Success....

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

sexta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2007

Only one....

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.


Edward Everett Hale

Change....

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

Maya Angelou

A Poison Tree....

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears
Night and morning with my tears,
And I sunned it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright,
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,--

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning, glad, I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.


William Blake

quinta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2007

Tomorrow....

He was going to be all that a mortal should be
Tomorrow.
No one should be kinder or braver than he
Tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who'd be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
On him he would call and see what he could do
Tomorrow.

Each morning he stacked up the letters he'd write
Tomorrow.
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
Tomorrow.
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn't a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give others, he'd say
Tomorrow.

The greatest of workers this man would have been
Tomorrow.
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
Tomorrow.
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do
Tomorrow.


Edgar Guest

terça-feira, 18 de setembro de 2007

Conselho de leitura....One of my favourite books



Sinopse

Neste romance, Sheldon cria uma heroína, Trace Whitney, ao mesmo tempo ingênua e fascinante. Atraente e idealista, suas únicas armas são a inteligência e a beleza. O duelo é contra um intocável mestre do crime, que manteve-a presa numa cadeia de segurança máxima por 15 anos. Expert na condição de narrativas, Sheldon enreda a personagem numa série de extraordinárias fugas, fazendo-a rodar pelo mundo todo. Em uma dessas cenas frenéticas, Tracy encontra o igualmente irresistível Jeff Stevens, com um passado tão recheado e instigante quanto o dela. Mais um bestseller do mestre do suspense, em que o leitor não consegue prever o final antes que o próprio Sheldon o revele

Se carregarem no titulo do post surge o link para o livro em formato word em portugues

The Soldier....

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. "Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've got a favour to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring with me." "Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him."

"There's something you should know," the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us."

"I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live."

"No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us."

"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own." At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

Author Unknown

Instructions for Life....

•Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
•Memorize your favourite poem.
•Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
•When you say, "I love you", mean it.
•When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
•Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
•Believe in love at first sight.
•Never laugh at anyone's dreams.
•Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
•In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
•Don't judge people by their relatives.
•Talk slow but think quickly.
•When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?".
•Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
•Call your mom.
•Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
•When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
•Remember the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
•Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
•When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
•Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
•Marry a woman you love to talk to. As you get older, her conversational skills will be as important as any other.
•Spend some time alone.
•Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
•Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
•Read more books and watch less TV.
•Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
•Trust in God but lock your car.
•A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
•In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
•Read between the lines.
•Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
•Be gentle with the earth.
•Pray -- there's immeasurable power in it.
•Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
•Mind your own business.
•Don't trust a woman who doesn't close her eyes when you kiss her.
•Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
•If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
•Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
•Learn the rules then break some.
•Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
•Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
•Remember that your character is your destiny.
•Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Jackson Brown

segunda-feira, 17 de setembro de 2007

Risk....

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken.
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
If you risk nothing and do nothing, you dull your spirit.
You may avoid suffering and sorrow, but you cannot learn, feel, change,

grow, love, and live.
Chained by your attitude, you are a slave.
You have forfeited your freedom.
Only if you risk are you free.

Leo Buscaglia

Reason....Season..... Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or
a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you
will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is
usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have
come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you
with guidance and support, to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a
godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason
you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an
inconvenient time, this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realise is that our need has been met, our
desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you
sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things
you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
person, and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life. It is said
that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Author Unknown

sábado, 15 de setembro de 2007

For a reason....

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be; your roommate, neighbor, professor, long lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength will power or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience, they are the ones who create who you are. Even the bad experiences can be learned from, those lessons are the hardest and probably the most important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


Author unknown

The Guy In The Glass....

"If you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you a champion for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn't your father, or mother, or brother,
Who upon you their judgment will pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He's the feller to please—never mind all the rest!
For he's with you clear up to the end.
And you've passed your most difficult test,
If the guy in the glass is your friend.…

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back, as you pass,
But your final reward will be headache or tears,
If you've cheated the guy in the glass."


Peter Wimbrow

Learning about life from a puzzle....

1-Don’t force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

2-When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

3-Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

4-Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

5-When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).

6-The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook.

7-Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

8-Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.

9-Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.

10-Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.

11-Take time often to celebrate your successes—even little ones.

12-Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.



Author unknown